Da Vaal Estates is the ‘Desert-X’ of midcentury resorts. Five X-shape, single-story buildings, each with four condos, are clustered around a central pool and gardens. Designed by architect Val Powelson in 1960, built by Robert Marx - son of Gummo Marx. Powelson’s modernist designs were unconventional; he played with structure and geometry at every opportunity, such as the nearby ‘gullwing’ house for Maranz. DaVaal Estates is unlike anything else designed for communal living at the time. Powelson didn’t like right angles, and DaVaal Estates demonstrates that distaste in spades. Powelson gave units an extraordinary look, with cut-away, sharply angled roofs, large overhangs, and triangular chimneystacks of stacked blocks. The X-plan of the five buildings made ingenious use of the two and a half acre site and gave homeowners an extra level of privacy – with no communal walls other than a central storage area. Each home has a remarkable sense of space; dual aspect walls of glass let in loads of light and give great views. Tour several homes in this community, marvel at the clever X-plan layout and the unique floor plans. Many homes have original features and have been wonderfully restored.
Things to Know
There will be five (5) homes on this tour.
Check-In no later than 30 minutes from the time printed on ticket
Ages 12 and older.
Photography at the discretion of the homeowner.
Private homes are not wheelchair accessible.
Please no pets, food or smoking allowed in homes.
Restrooms in homes are not available.
Please arrive at the time on your ticket.
Some dwellings have exterior or interior steps.
The organizer of this event is Da Vaal Estates.
Event Check-in Location
37800 Da Vall Dr, Rancho Mirage CA 92270
Photo Credits: Da Vaal Estates
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